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Alcohol – Good, Bad, How to limit consumption and effects

This is part three of my alcohol series. If you missed part one or two here they are:
Will alcohol stop you losing weight?
Will alcohol prevent you gaining muscle?
Now let me start this article by saying …
Alcohol is not all bad!
Good points
Improve cholesterol
Moderate alcohol consumption can; raise good (HDL) cholesterol, lower bad (LDL) cholesterol, and reduce your risk of clogged arteries which lead to heart attacks.
Reduced risk of heart disease
Moderate alcohol consumption reduces risk of heart disease. Moderate drinkers have a lower risk of death from heart disease than teetotallers or heavy drinkers. This may be due to increasing HDL cholesterol … Read more

Will alcohol prevent me gaining muscle?

You love a good drinking session but you also love a great workout and building some real muscle.
Can you do both?
If you haven’t read my article ‘Will alcohol stop me losing weight?’ take a look here as this article will predominantly focus on alcohol’s effect on your ability to build muscle.
So let’s get straight into the facts…
Reduced testosterone production
If you want to build muscle one of the first considerations you should have is if you are producing an optimal amount of testosterone.
Unfortunately every time you consume alcohol this key anabolic hormones production plummets.
Studies have shown that consuming 1.5g of alcohol … Read more

Will alcohol stop you losing weight?

There’s a certain comedic stigma attached to drinking and the alcohol culture, especially in the UK.
“Ever notice how some people talk louder when they drink? That’s why alcohol content is listed by volume”
“I’m not an alcoholic, alcoholics go to meetings. I’m a drunk, we go to parties.”
I’m not here to demonise one of the world’s favourite social intoxicants as it has some great benefits like reducing anxiety at social gatherings and has actually been shown to increase longevity.
BUT you’re reading this because you’re interested in losing fat.
Surprise surprise, many studies have shown alcohol intake aids to increased risk of abdominal … Read more

How to win at dieting and still have a social life

We all love a night out with friends. That trip to the cinema, the glass of wine after work at the end of the week. The latte and breakfast meet up with a family member or partner on the weekend but are you “allowed?”
Of course you are.
That’s what you want to hear right? YES you can enjoy your social life and still get fantastic results from your exercise and the rest of your eating habits.
First things first
Like most things in health, fitness and nutrition, ‘it depends.’
You have to seriously ask yourself, what do I want and what condition am I … Read more

5 ways to flavour your coffee without adding sugar or milk

We all love a cup of coffee now and again. Some of us use it as a powerful pre workout, some of us use it as a pick me up on the way to work and some of us just love it!
I could write about the pros and cons of coffee spanning a few articles but this is simply for those that fancy a cup without the added sugar or milk and are looking for a way to enhance the flavour.
Coffee with cinnamon
Simply stirring in half a teaspoon of cinnamon into your pre workout or morning coffee will give it … Read more

Frustrated? Stop doing these to burn more fat

Are you struggling to make progress and don’t know what to do to get you moving in the right direction again. Your results will ultimately depend on many factors but here are 4 things you should avoid if you aren’t getting the results you want. Sometimes it takes somebody from the outside to highlight these points to you before you see for yourself these are actually the real issues preventing your progress.
Trust me getting the body you always wanted is definitely possible if you keep a few principles in mind…
Eating Too Much Junk
You may not think you eat much junk, but … Read more

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How much water should you drink

If I had one piece of advice that I could get all of my clients to follow 100% of the time, (unlike the popular social media phrases like ‘go hard or go home’ or ‘eat clean train dirty’) it would simply be ‘drink more water.’ Your body is made up of 66% fluid (water mixed with other components to make blood, plasma, urine etc.) and statistics tell us the 75% of us are dehydrated most of the time.
There are so many myths surrounding optimal water intake. In this article I will try to dispel some of these and offer you … Read more

How to lose fat, your choices.

Ok so you want to burn some fat and you have already sensibly cleaned up your diet, ditched the junk for more intelligent choices & have been exercising for a few weeks. Now that fat loss has stalled what next?
Well if you are doing all of the above consistently and not lying to yourself you have a few choices to make:

Reduce calories
Eliminate carbs
Switch fuels (take carbs out your diet & replace with protein and fat)
Start or increase cardio
Start or increase the frequency of workouts
Increase the length of your workouts
Take fat burners
Hire a specialist

I will go into a little bit of … Read more